Here I am narrating yet another story for young readers.  This one, however, is for grades 5-8.  It’s The Roar by Emma Clayton.

Here is how the author herself summarizes the story –
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.

And I have to say that I am enjoying the story.  I’m a sci-fi fan anyway, so I’m an easy audience.  I will admit that there are many elements in this story I’ve seen elsewhere previously – such as borgs (albeit used in a different way than in the Star Trek franchise).  But, as they say, there’s nothing new under the sun.  So the trick is to put it all together in an interesting way.  In this case: so far, so good.  I’m only half way through right now.  Still, I think if you know someone in the recommended ages who is interested in sci-fi but isn’t completely jaded by all the video games and futuristic cartoons, this could be a good book for them.

This is Emma Clayton’s first book.  Nice work, Ms. Clayton!  I’m sure we’ll be seeing other works from you in the future.

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